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February 3, 2011
CPL Aaron Curran
WITHOUT fanfare, the fourth Air-
borne Early Warning and Control
(AEW&C) Wedgetail aircraft was
handed over to Air Force on Decem-
Outgoing XO 2SQN SQNLDR
Michael Bowen said having another
aircraft available to fly was a further
step forward in bringing the capabil-
ity to fruition as A30-003 joined the
Wedgetail fleet on the flightline.
"We can officially call the air-
craft ours after it was added to the
Australian State Aircraft Register,"
SQNLDR Bowen said.
Staff from the AEW&C Resident
Project Team, Defence Materiel
Organisation, Defence Science and
Technology Organisation, Boeing and
2SQN were all involved in the accept-
ance test and evaluation of the aircraft
in the lead-up to the handover.
The fleet of Wedgetail aircraft was
kept busy in 2010 and this trend will
continue throughout 2011 as 2SQN
progresses towards initial operational
Incoming XO SQNLDR Simon
Wildermuth said all of 2SQN's air-
craft would contribute to a rigorous
schedule in 2011 that would encom-
pass domestic and international train-
ing and exercises as they fine-tuned
their tactical operations.
"We intend to work extensively with
other Air Force assets, Army, Navy, and
And now there
allied forces over the next 12 months,"
SQNLDR Wildermuth said.
"A30-003 will be used on the line
to make this happen. We have a busy
schedule ahead as we refine our tac-
tics, operate from our new facilities
at RAAF Base Tindal, participate in
joint and combined exercises and con-
tinue to train our new aircrew and
He said every time the squadron
got an additional aircraft was a great
"It permits more flying, more
training and more testing and gets us
much closer to bringing our capabil-
ity online for the Air Force and ADF,"
SQNLDR Wildermuth said 2SQN
had worked hard and well in 2010 to
become a safe flying squadron.
"We will continue to work hard
in 2011 to achieve the capability and
airworthiness milestones we have set."
WEDGETAIL TALE: 2SQN's
latest acquisition, A30-003, on
the tarmac. This is the fourth
Wedgetail the squadron has
taken delivery of and it will
eventually have six.
Photo: CPL Clint McKay
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